Long ago, Nike revolutionized the shoe industry with its Nike Air. Nike Air technology often contained some of the translucent material that served as a pillow on the shoe's back outsole. Since its release in the 1970s, this technology has given rise to a high-tech running shoe.
With several other brands competing in the same space, Nike has led the way in developing running shoe technology since Nike Air.
We will go through the most popular technologies that Nike has developed thirty years after the original Nike Air.
All road cars have bumpers designed to provide smooth driving. Nike took this concept and used shock absorbing similar columns in the heel area of their shoes with this technology. This gives the runner something similar to an independent suspension of a road car. The effect is more traction and damping that adapts to where it is needed.
Nike Lunarlite foam that has just gained popularity is Nike's inner material selected among the best running shoes. The Lunarlite material was intended to provide an experience that was very unique to Nike running shoes.
Nike Zoom Air is a thin material that provides cushioning in the shoe's midsole. Depending on the application, this can be segmented into the heel and toe, lay flat on the entire shoe line or even just be present in the forefront of the running shoe. Nike developed this technology to provide cushioning while maintaining extreme responsiveness.
This is one of the newer technologies introduced by Nike. Flywire technology attempts to eliminate slipping of the foot while driving. It does this by using fibers placed around the shoe to ensure that the foot is held in place.